The 1980s were a golden age for wonderfully weird independent films. Films like Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead, Gus Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy, the Coen brothers’ Blood Simple, David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, and Alex Cox’s Repo Man. Actually, that last one may be the strangest movie of the bunch. But unlike the other directors on that list, Cox never managed (or wanted) to cross over into the mainstream. Instead, he got swallowed up by his own idiosyncratic obsessions and continued to make films that fewer and fewer people went to see. It was clear from the beginning of his career that this was not a guy that was going to play ball with the big studios and wind up cranking out a Spider-Man, a Good Will Hunting, or even a Mulholland Dr. one day. The closest he would come is the brilliant Sid & Nancy. Since then, Cox has remained a true oddball. And like most oddballs in Hollywood, he fell off the map….
Cox has just released the trailer for his latest celluloid head-scratcher, Repo Chick — a basement-budget sequel of sorts to his 1984 punk rock-sci-fi classic, which starred Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton, and a 1964 Chevy Malibu with a glowing mystery in its trunk. And guess what? The new film looks bizarre as hell…even for him. At first, I thought it was all a bad joke. After all, it all looks so laughably hammy and cheap. But after a few viewings, I’m convinced that this thing is not only for real, but maybe even amazing. Or not. I guess the thing I’m really excited about is that a guy like Alex Cox is still making movies, fighting the good fight, not letting the bastards get him down. No, he’s determined to keep letting his freak flag fly even if his movies look like they cost $1.99 and are loaded with terrible acting, ludicrous plot twists, and unsightly Rosanna Arquette cameos.
Check out the new Repo Chick trailer above and tell us what you think…